My First Tattoo and Skydiving

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    Jun 17, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    So im getting my first tattoo and im so nervous because its going to hurt I just know it,
    So do any of you have tattoos and does it hurt I want to get something on my chest
    And im also going skydiving for the first time (yikes)
  • Geoedward

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    Jun 17, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    Never had a tattoo. Good Luck!
    You will love skydiving. It is beautiful! Tell us about both adventures, and good luck with both. Very exciting!
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    Jun 17, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    I have a tattoo on the back of my neck and it hurt like hell when I was in the chair. I couldn't tell you how the chest would feel. Taking a sharp knife and dragging it across my skin reminds me of the feeling but I would do it again icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 17, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    hoffmanation saidI have a tattoo on the back of my neck and it hurt like hell when I was in the chair. I couldn't tell you how the chest would feel. Taking a sharp knife and dragging it across my skin reminds me of the feeling but I would do it again icon_biggrin.gif


    I got three of them last year. A knife is a bit of a stretch...perhaps a surgical knife. Felt more like a sewing needle had been placed under the skin and drug along. The chest is variable. I felt like my nipple was getting burned off. It had a Doppler effect, as the artist passed just under...but the ink is rather close to the nipple.

    However, as hoff stated I'd do it again. Nerves will always be a part of life; if it is something you are passionate about and feel great about wearing the rest of your life then just like at the gym or in a game, suck it up and take a pain for a little bit.

    I am jealous of you getting to skydive...it's on my bucket list! Good luck with both endeavors and do keep us updated!
  • laguna07

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    Jun 17, 2010 9:14 PM GMT
    i got large tattoos with color added on both arms and shoulders, my left pec and my upper back a few months ago. the chest work hurt like hell. the other areas weren't that bad. i have a low tolerance for pain, so vicoden and alcohol were my best friends for the experience.
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    Jun 17, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    Thanks guys yeah im going skydiving friday and getting the tattoo on sat im kinda scared of heights so I want to get over it because im going to ceter point in august and I want to ride all the roller coasters.
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    Jun 17, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    The roller coasters will be a let down after skydiving... icon_cool.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    Jun 17, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    No pain no gain. The tattoo on the back of my neck was excruciatingly painful. The one on my arm was painful but tolerable. Just depends on how much padding there is over the bone.
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    Jun 17, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    just say 'no'
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    Jun 18, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    Both my arms are sleeved, and I have a back piece that I haven't finished yet.

    Basics:

    It depends on how close the tattoo is to your fingers / toes. The nerves towards your outer extremities are more sensitive (for the sense of touch). So a tattoo on your wrist will likely hurt more than one on your upper arm. Same with top of foot vs calf muscle or thigh. Also, if you have any experience with martial arts, specifically pressure points, your body has bundles of nerves in these places too. So they will be sensitive. (this is good for sex, too -- if you know where pressure points are, you know at least a couple of them are likely to be useful as an erogenous zone).

    Another point (that another poster made) dealt with how much tissue you have between the skin and the bone. I find it uncomfortable when the artist is working right over a bony part, like the elbow. But I'm not sure if it's a nerve thing, or just the vibration of the tattoo machine drilling into my brain. Either way, it was unpleasant.

    There's a strange beauty in brutalizing yourself for the sake of growth on the other side of the pain. That's what you get into when you're covered with them. The sacrifice is worth it. But anybody who tells you "naw, they don't hurt at all" is a liar or a genetic mutant of some kind. Your upper arm gets numb after a few minutes, and it basically feels like he's just writing on you with an ink pen. But I thought I was going to meet god in the mental travels I took to get away from the pain on my back. Holy hell. But I digress.

    Remember two things, and you'll be fine: BREATHE and RELAX. When your body clenches up, it makes things worse. It will make you hold your breath if you're not careful. That also makes it worse. Realize your body is anticipating the pain getting worse, and that's why you recoil. But it's as bad as it's going to get. So just breathe and relax. Having a gatorade and a magazine to read (so you don't get bored) helps too.

    The first time I got on a plane, I jumped out of it. Skydiving is a blast. Don't worry about that at all. The anticipation of jumping out of the plane -- it's like the first plunge into the pool. When you're looking out that door and you see the airport 13K feet below you... just jump. And don't let go of the ripcord when you pull it, or you'll have to pay for it. LOL
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    Forgot one thing. Your body has a natural instinct to identify pain and release a chemical to fight it. It's a brain chemistry thing. I don't know what the chemical is called, but I can tell you that you run out of it after about 3-4 hours. If you're doing a large piece, schedule it in a couple sessions rather than one long one. Anything past 4.5 hours I found excruciating, even if it wasn't a sensitive spot. Since I learned that, I hardly ever go past 3 hours per session.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    Tattooing? Skydiving? Don't be doing them at the same time young man.
    The wind velocity's bad for detailing tattoos. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:25 PM GMT
    tonylover saidSo im getting my first tattoo and im so nervous because its going to hurt I just know it,
    So do any of you have tattoos and does it hurt I want to get something on my chest
    And im also going skydiving for the first time (yikes)


    Mind over matter, just be hydrated, fed and get enough sleep before the day. Choose something that means something for you and how you want it to look. The shop should be clean and make sure they draw the stuff and you want it. I just got mine last month, it's a bliss.
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    tattoo and skydiving.....? so soon after failed suicide attempt...?
  • razorcake

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    Jun 18, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    I got my first one on my side hip all the way to the thigh/leg. You can do it! Just have an ipod.
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    tereseus1 saidtattoo and skydiving.....? so soon after failed suicide attempt...?


    What do you expect me to do stay inside lol..anyways im off to skydive soon omg im so nervous my whole body is shaking so do they make you jump by yourself or with a pro I hope with a pro lol
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    Jun 18, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    i got my tatttoo about a month ago. it takes a few mintues to get used to but it wasnt bad. i got mine on my side where my ribs are. everyone said it was the most painful area. it wasnt bad until he reached the actual area over my ribs. but all in all it was not bad!
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    Jun 19, 2010 3:00 AM GMT
    Well I did it I went skydiving and omg I was so nervous when we got their and when I jumped off the plain it was an amazing feeling that I cant describe it was amazing,I will never forget this experience and tomorrow time to get my tattoo ill take a pic and post it.
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    Jun 19, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    hoffmanation saidI have a tattoo on the back of my neck and it hurt like hell when I was in the chair. I couldn't tell you how the chest would feel. Taking a sharp knife and dragging it across my skin reminds me of the feeling but I would do it again icon_biggrin.gif


    Really? I actually find it a bit arousing. My first one was on my hip bone and the lesbian who was doing it kept cracking up because I would get boner. It was embarrassing. icon_redface.gif The lesbian body piercer who worked with her kept laughing and threatening to give me a p.a.icon_lol.gif With all my tattoos I have started sweating and I have been told my eyes dilate within 5 minutes into the session.
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    Jun 19, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
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    hoffmanation saidI have a tattoo on the back of my neck and it hurt like hell when I was in the chair. I couldn't tell you how the chest would feel. Taking a sharp knife and dragging it across my skin reminds me of the feeling but I would do it again icon_biggrin.gif


    Really? I actually find it a bit arousing. My first one was on my hip bone and the lesbian who was doing it kept cracking up because I would get boner. It was embarrassing. icon_redface.gif The lesbian body piercer who worked with her kept laughing and threatening to give me a p.a.icon_lol.gif With all my tattoos I have started sweating and I have been told my eyes dilate within 5 minutes into the session.



    lol, guess mine was so painful because I felt it all on my neck bone. MY tattoo lady was cool though because connected through her having Girl Talk on her ipod that I got to control while she was doing my tattoo icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 19, 2010 5:26 AM GMT
    I've never had a tattoo so I can't address that. But as for skydiving, I have been and I loved every single second of it, as short as it was.

    I think it's a great way to overcome fears, if you're afraid of heights, and gain some self-confidence as a feat that not many are willing to try.

    When I went I expected to have some moment of "Oh, shit", but it never happened. Not when I suited up, went up in the plane, opened the hatch, or stepped out of the plane. I just never got the butterflies in the stomach that I expected. It was just an awesome, thrilling experience from start to finish.

    Have a great jump!
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    Jun 19, 2010 7:14 AM GMT
    Thanks and I cant sleep im up at 3 thinking about the tattoo lol I always do this when im going somwhere or doing something ill stay all night thinking of all the dont's and do's about the situation lol
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    Jun 19, 2010 7:48 AM GMT
    . . . update us when you get your first toupee . . .
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    Jun 19, 2010 7:49 AM GMT
    noren said . . . update us when you get your first toupee . . .


    I sure will and goodnight.